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Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum
"After pickup from your hotel in the morning by air-conditioned vehicle your private guide will take you on journey through Chennai a bustling cultural hub that’s the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On your tour of the city’s architectural landmarks discover the mix of traditional Dravidian styles with European colonial influences while enjoying your guide's illuminating commentary as well as fun facts and trivia. Visit Fort St George the first English fortress in India founded in 1644. It now serves as the headquarters for Tamil Nadu’s legislative assembly. Inside
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Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple
"You’ll be picked up from your Chennai hotel in the morning and taken on a sightseeing tour by private vehicle. Visit Fort St George the oldest English fortress in India founded in 1644. Learn how it now serves as the headquarters for the legislative assembly of the state of Tamil Nadu. Inside tour St Mary's Church Wellesley House and the Fort Museum where you’ll see relics from British rule in India including weapons coins
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"Private Day Tour: Chennai City Tour of Museum
"You will be picked up from your hotel in Chennai by 9:30 am and proceed for this exciting Chennai city tour with your local tour guide.First you will explore St. George Fort located on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. Historically know as a white town It was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. It is a military architecture marvel and now the fort is serving as the administrative headquarters of the legislative assembly of the state of Tamil Nadu. The most popular structures inside the fort include St. Mary's Church
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Children's Museum

And this one is strictly for children. Located inside the complex of Government Museum it has different sections to give a glimpse of the Indian and World culture to children in a way they would like and be able to understand. On a personal note as an adult it was pretty boring for me but for a small kid all those dolls in various Indian costumes and also from various world civilizations across the human history may be pretty interesting.

Ticket pricing is included in the entry to Government Museum so do visit it if you a kid along but if you are alone or a bunch of adults just skip it.

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udtaparindaa
Jul 17, 2014

Visit the 2nd largest museum of India

Certainly the best museum in India (that I have visited) but then still way to go before one could call it to meet international standards. The complex could be bit more cleaner and the different sections with much more finishing in how the overall look of the place surfaces to the eyes of the tourist. Yes the artifacts here are real good and I was really awed by the huge whale skeleton hanging overhead in the Biology section (sorry but photography wasn't allowed in some sections so you will have to go and see it yourself) but I expected the place to have more officials to address the tourists and explain a bit about the stuff around.

Once you buy the tickets it should be their responsibility to take the tourists for a tour of all the sections themselves. Nevertheless I liked the museum. Surely a place to visit if you have some free time while visiting Chennai

Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

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udtaparindaa
Jul 06, 2014

Government Museum

I mainly remember the Archaeology section (as you might expect), which had a fantastic Bronze Gallery, full of statues; and some wonderful early Buddhist stone sculptures. There was also a good display on the Indus.

There was also a section on old coins, and an Anthropology department focused on the tribes of Southern India, but the rest of the museum was mostly stuffed animals in various poses!

When we were there the National Art Galley was closed as the building, a wonderful Mughal style edifice in red stone, was falling down.

In another building was a large bookshop, though sadly no novels.

Entry fee was 250INR for non-Indians. Photography is not allowed inside.

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Dec 14, 2010

Government Museum - Bronze Gallery

The Bronze Gallery is housed in a separate building to the left of the Main Building. Most of the bronze sculptures date back to the late Pallava and Chola periods - between the 9th and 12th centuries.

Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

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Oct 09, 2009
 
 
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Government Museum - Natural History & Zoology

The Natural History and Zoology section is located in the Main Building behind the Front Building. Galleries here include: General Zoology, Flight in Animals, Foreign Animals, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals, Coral, Invertebrates and Fish. There's also botany and geology sections.

Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

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Oct 09, 2009

Government Museum - Stone Sculptures

The stone sculptures are found within the Archaeology section, located in the Main Building behind the Front Building. There's a huge array of wonderful sculptures on display with galleries including South Indian sculptures, North Indian sculptures, Indus Valley Civilisation, Memorial stones and Hero stones, Hindu sculptures, Amaravati sculptures and Jain sculptures. They cover all ages such as early eastern Chalukyan (625-900 AD), Pallava (600-850 AD), Early Chola (850-1100 AD), Nolamba (900-1000 AD), Later Chola (1100-1350), Hoysala-Kakatiya (1100-1350), Vijayanagar (1350-1600) and Modern (from 1600).

Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

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Oct 09, 2009

Government Museum

Government Museum, established in 1851, is located in Egmore. The Museum complex, consisting of six buildings and 46 galleries, covers an area of around 16.25 acres (66,000 m²) of land. The objects displayed in the museum cover a variety of artefacts and objects covering diverse fields including archaeology, numismatics, zoology, natural history, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts and Amravati paintings. The main highlight galleries include a huge range of stone and bronze sculptures covering major south Indian periods including Pallava, Chola, Vijayanagar, Hoysala and Chalukyas. Allow plenty of time to visit the museum as it is very large and comprehensive.

Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

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Oct 09, 2009

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM

One of the finest museums in India, the Government Museum has sections devoted to geology, anthropology, botany, zoology, sculpture and numismatics. The relics from the 2nd century AD Buddhist site 'Amaravati' and the prehistoric South India are the most prized possessions of the museum. The museum has a vast collection of carvings of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths. Collection of South Indian musical instruments and jewelry is worth seeing. The bronze gallery that has a superb collection of ancient icons and modern bronzes that should not be missed at any cost.

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